It’s the first week of the 2015 NFL season and you have a slew of guys with injury situations. Truly, you could have that one team that is just laden with unfortunate situations. On the surface, drafting a team full of guys like Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Mike Evans, Alshon Jeffery, Ladarius Green, Julius Thomas and Randall Cobb may seem like you hit the jackpot.
In a lot of ways, you would have. Unfortunately, Foster and Thomas are definitely out for week one, and the rest of those guys are at least probably or worse heading into the countdown. Time is running out and you need a final verdict, whether to trust these guys in standard leagues or daily fantasy football. We’ve got your back with the latest updates and whether or not to use these guys in fantasy football in week one:
Arian Foster, Texans (Groin) – OUT
There has been positive word that Foster has healed so well that he could return in a week or so. Houston won’t rush him back until he’s fully ready, but it’s exciting to hear he could end up being one of the biggest steals in fantasy drafts. Alfred Blue figures to carry most of the load in week one but with Dontari Poe likely active for the Chiefs, he’s not a great play. Chris Polk should also see some work but has far less value.
LeSean McCoy, Bills (Hamstring) – Probable
Shady admitted earlier this week he won’t be 100% but he will play and is tentatively expected to get the “bulk” of the carries. That makes him a nice contrarian pick in daily fantasy football leagues, especially given that Indy’s run defense is weak. You’re starting him if you drafted him in season long leagues, regardless.
Tre Mason, Rams (Hamstring) – Questionable
Mason is as questionable as it gets going into a dreadful matchup with the Seahawks. There is a strong chance he doesn’t suit up, but even if he does he wouldn’t be 100% and his matchup stinks. Fading him seems like a good idea for week one, while Benny Cunningham figures to pick up most of his touches if he’s out.
Duke Johnson, Browns (Concussion) – Probable
Johnson is over his concussion symptoms and looks like a good for week one. He’s pretty explosive but he’s not the starter and his matchup is rough. He’s worth a shot at the minimum if you want to stack your DFS roster this week, but in standard leagues he’s too much of a risk.
Alshon Jeffery, Bears (Calf) – Questionable
Jeffery had been questionable all week but got some practice time in and is “expected to play”. He’s got a solid matchup at home against a young and unproven Packers secondary. You have to use him if you drafted him in season long leagues but in DFS his price might be a bit too rich for all of the uncertainty.
Mike Evans, Buccaneers (Hamstring) – Questionable
Evans figures to be in the same boat as Jeffery, as he got in some practice time and looks like he’ll be a go for week one. He could still be limited and is a risky play in daily fantasy football leagues, but you have to start him in season long leagues if he plays.
Randall Cobb, Packers (Shoulders) – Probable
Cobb is likely to suit up and has a dream matchup with the Bears. He is a must start in season long formats but with a high price is a little steep for DFS.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals (Hand) – Questionable
Floyd looks “poised to play” despite suffering dislocated fingers that robbed him of his entire preseason. He’s shaping up as an interesting contrarian bet with New Orleans’ top corner out, but he’s definitely a risk any way you look at it.
Victor Cruz, Giants (Calf) – OUT
Cruz is largely over his patellar tear, but now he has a calf issue. His absence gives Reuben Randle and Larry Donnell minor boosts and makes Odell Beckham Jr. a top-3 candidate for week one.
Ladarius Green, Chargers (Concussion) – Questionable
Green suffered a concussion early in the week and is highly questionable to play in week one. He was going to be fairly hit or miss anyways, so he might be a good player to avoid this week. Stevie Johnson gets a nice boost if Green is indeed out.
Zach Ertz, Eagles (Groin) – Questionable
Ertz has been dealing with a groin issue for weeks and he’s shaping up as a game time call going into Monday night’s showdown with the Falcons. This is a troublesome issue and considering he’s not even the starter (Brent Celek is), you can comfortable avoid him in week one.
Julius Thomas, Jaguars (Hand) – OUT
Thomas had surgery on his hand and will miss at least the first four weeks of the year. Get him out of your lineups, but don’t use any other Jaguars tight ends. Jax WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are in play, however.